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1. Pigskin Temmoku, cone 10 reduction quick cooled

Roadside Glazes: Your Next Great Pottery Glaze Might be Just Down the Road

Posted On March 14, 2011 13 Comments

In today’s post, potter and glaze expert John Britt explains how he has successfully developed glazes from materials found in roadway cuts. He also shares some resources for finding out just what exactly you’ll find in the roadside cuts in your areas. And of course, he shares his roadside recipes.

Detail of a Peach Bloom glaze surface.

Experiments in Peach Bloom: Extensive Testing Reveals Secrets of an Elusive Ceramic Glaze

Posted On February 9, 2011 19 Comments

When potter John Britt was approached by Lindsey Elsey, a student who was looking for a research partner on a study of Peach Bloom glazes, he gladly signed on. Six hundred test tiles later, John and Lindsey uncovered some of the secrets to developing gorgeous peach bloom surfaces. In this excerpt from the October 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly, they share the results of their research, and a bunch of Peach Bloom glaze recipes.

Don't let this happen to you! This lovely surface was ruined by a flake of kiln wash.

The Many Layers of Kiln Wash: How to Find the Best Kiln Wash for Your Firing Temperature and Methods

Posted On September 28, 2009 17 Comments

In this post, John Britt explains that giving a bit more consideration to kiln wash might help potters avoid some of the common kiln wash headaches – like scraping cracked kiln wash off shelves or lamenting an otherwise perfect piece that was ruined by a flake of kiln wash. Plus he shares some kiln wash recipes for various firing techniques.

Panama Red Glaze, Cone 6 reduction

Mid-Range Reduction Firing: It’s Not Just Cooler, It’s Cool!

Posted On May 13, 2009 20 Comments

As John Britt points out in today’s post, firing to cone 6 reduction is cheaper, faster, and the results can be almost indistinguishable from high fire.


Tip of the Week: Being Green in the Pottery Studio

Posted On April 25, 2008 1 Comment

In the May 2007 issue of ,
John Britt contributed an essay to the Comment column, which suggests
simple changes that potters can make in their studio habits to help
make their practice more Earth friendly. I am excerpting a couple of
highlights from his essay here.